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Rediscovering Ireland

BBC Travel
As the country urbanizes, many fear that the idyllic Emerald Isle will disappear. Tour a few of the towns and historical sites that keep Ireland’s heritage alive.
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The Celtic Jeweller
The Celtic Jeweller • 1 year ago

Inishmore, off Ireland’s west coast, is one of the three Aran Islands, where most natives speak both Gaelic and Irish. In addition to the prevalence of Celtic culture, Inishmore is known for its grey limestone landscape, which ends in a rock wall at the sea’s edge. (Sam Abell/National Geographic Stock)

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Seven Churches - Aran Islands, County Galway / Ireland

The Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland

A Famine wall is a stone wall about the height of a man (in Ireland). They were built during the Famine of the 1840s as a means to keep the hungry masses out of the estates of the landowners. Ironically, it was the (usually homeless) Catholics who built the walls, for a few scraps to eat. Massive work projects like the Famine walls and the Famine roads kept the masses barely alive during the four years that the crops failed.

In modern usage, a céilidh or ceilidh is a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing. It originated in Ireland and Scotland, but is now common throughout the Irish and Scottish diasporas. In Scottish Gaelic it is spelt cèilidh and in Irish it is spelt céilí.

County Galway, Ireland

Fastnet Lighthouse (Irish Coast, Co. Cork, Ireland) was constructed in 1897 and first lit in 1904.

A place in Ireland where every two years on June 10-18 the stars line up with this place. It’s called heavens trail.

Carrick-A-Rede Robe Bridge in County Antrim, Ireland by manyfires, via Flickr